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Feastday: August 24
Death: 260

A group of martyrs who suffered in Utica, in northern Africa. The name, translated as "the White Mass," was believed to denote the fact that these martyrs were thrown into a lime pit, and their remains became one great white mass. Now it is believed that Massa Candida was an actual site near Utica in modem North Africa. Some 153 martyrs suffered there under Emperors Valerian and Gallienus.

 


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